Funding to Promote Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Unveiled

The Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) recently announced $4.5 million in grants for the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act Program.  These program funds are used to improve the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services for law enforcement through training and technical assistance, demonstration projects, implementation of promising practices related to peer mentoring mental health and wellness, and suicide prevention programs.

As part of the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017, Congress authorized the COPS Office to establish peer mentoring mental health and wellness pilot programs within state, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies. The 41 awards meet the goals of the 2017 Act and support the Department of Justice and the Administration’s commitment to law enforcement, said the COPS Office.

In addition to the grants announced, the COPS Office recently published two reports regarding officer mental health and wellness. Those reports include the following:

  • Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act Report to Congress
  • Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Programs: Eleven Case Studies

For more information, go to cops.usdoj.gov.

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